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Francis James WILLIAMS

Regimental number215
Place of birthWilton, New Zealand
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationWharf labourer
Address102 Bourke Street, Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 7"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMiss E. Gale, 102 Bourke Street, Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 12 months in the Commonwealth Military Forces; 15 months in the 1st South African Light Horse.
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A25 Anglo Egyptian on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Service Corps
FateReturned to Australia 15 February 1918
Discharge date23 April 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt

Joined 4th Light Regiment, 2 January 1916.

Admitted to 24th Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 13 September 1916 (conjunctivitis); discharged to duty, 19 September 1916; rejoined unit, Abou Hammad, 12 October 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 25 January 1917.

Appointed Transport Sergeant, 26 January 1916; reverted to Corporal at own request, 20 May 1917.

Admitted to 4th Horse Field Ambulance, 28 June 1917 (pneumonia); transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, Rafa, 30 June 1917; transferred to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, El Arish, 30 June 1917; to 24th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 3 July 1917 (malaria); to 14th Australian General Hospital, 4 July 1917; to Convalescent Depot, Montazah, 14 July 1917; discharged to Depot, 25 July 1917; rejoined unit, 1 August 1917.

Reprimanded, 12 July 1917, for being absent without leave from 7 to 7.30 pm: reprimanded.

Transferred to Australian Army Service Corps; taken on strength, 38th Company, Australian Mounted Division Train, 6 August 1917.

Appointed Wheeler Corporal, 13 August 1917.

Admitted to 35th Casualty Clearing Station, El Arish, 3 November 1917 (dysentery); transferred to 45th Stationary Hospital, 4 November 1917; to Hospital Train, 6 November 1917, and admitted same day to 44th Stationary Hospital, Kantara; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia (dysentery); to Convalescent Depot, 15 November 1917; discharged to Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, Moascar, from hospital, 24 November 1917; marched into Rest Camp, Port Said, 28 November 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Port Said, 9 January 1918 (disordered action of the heart and debility); transferred to 14th Australian General hospital, Abbassia, 11 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Ulysses', 15 February 1918; arrived Melbourne, 18 March 1918; discharged (medically unfit, due to War Service), 23 April 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Note: Form B103 begins in 1916; no details of service in 1914-15 recorded.
Date of death6 August 1958
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLIAMS Francis James

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